The BA is a general Music degree designed for Music students interested in combining a Music major with a second major or minor in a non-music degree program. 

Requirements

University Core

General Education Requirements 1
Competencies
Oral and Written Communication – Part A and Part B 2,3
Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B 2,3
Foreign Language 2
Distribution Requirements 1
Humanities6
Natural Sciences (Must include one lab)6
Social Sciences6
Cultural Diversity 2
Electives
Electives Outside Peck School of the Arts12
Electives in Peck School of the Arts 412
Electives Outside Discipline3
Total Credits45
1

See General Education Requirements for more information.

2

Credits may be utilized in required curriculum areas.

3

OWC Part A and QL Part A should be completed within the first two semesters of pursuing a Music program.

4

9 credits are required in 3 of the 4 other departments in PSOA, outside of the student's discipline: Art and Design, Dance, Music, Theatre, or Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres.

Major Requirements

The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Arts is 120. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

Lessons in Principal Instrument
Select 6 semesters in a single Principal Instrument study at the 200 level 56
Select 2 semesters of Piano at the 100 level 5,62
Performance Master Class
Select the appropriate Performance Master Class when enrolled in Music Performance lessons at the 200 level (MUSPERF 5XX)6-8
Performance Ensemble
Select 8 semesters8
Music Theory
MUSIC 123Aural Theory I1
MUSIC 124Aural Theory II1
MUSIC 127Materials of Theory I2
MUSIC 128Materials of Theory II3
MUSIC 225Materials of Theory III3
MUSIC 226Aural Theory III1
MUSIC 230Form Analysis3
Music History
MUSIC 211General History of Western Music I3
MUSIC 212General History of Western Music II3
MUSIC 307General History of Western Music III3
Music Convocation
MUSIC 106Foundations of Music (one semester taken during freshman year) 70
MUSIC 107Music Convocation (five semesters) 70
Required Elective
Select one Music Theory or Music History Elective (see lists below)3
General Electives
Select 27 credits27
5

Additional semesters of Principal Instrument study may be taken as Music electives.

6

Can be completed concurrently with 200 level lessons. Based on audition results, students enroll in MUSPERF 1 (Levels I & II) for up to two semesters to attain piano proficiency and/or MUSPERF 101 up to two semesters if you elect to take piano. MUSPERF 1 will not be counted toward degree requirement. 

7

MUSIC 106 and MUSIC 107 credit does not count toward overall degree total. A one-credit fee will be assessed by the University if course load is less than 12 or greater than 18 credits. See Recital and Music Convocation Requirements.

 Music Theory Electives

MUSIC 220Introduction to Computers and Music3
MUSIC 321Counterpoint3
MUSIC 323Instrumental and Choral Orchestration3
MUSIC 327Studio Techniques3
MUSIC 328Interactive Electronic Music3
MUSIC 421Materials of Theory IV3
MUSIC 680Special Studies in Music:3

Music History Electives

MUSIC 308Selected Topics in Music History and Literature:3
MUSIC 311Music of the Baroque Era3
MUSIC 312Music of the Classic Era3
MUSIC 313Music of the Romantic Era3
MUSIC 314Music since 19003
MUSIC 317Introduction to American Music3
MUSIC 409Folk Music in Contemporary Culture3
MUSIC 410Topics in World Music:3
MUSIC 449Women in Music:3
MUSIC 611Music of the Medieval Era3
MUSIC 612Music of the Renaissance and Early Modern Era3
MUSIC 680Special Studies in Music:3

Bachelor of Arts in Music Curriculum

Recommended course order.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
Select one of the following in music performance: 1 1
Fundamentals of Piano:
or Lessons in Piano
MUSPERF 2XX
Principal Instrument
MUSPERF 5XXPerformance Master Class 2 1
MUSIC XXXPerformance Ensemble 1
MUSIC 123 Aural Theory I 1
MUSIC 127 Materials of Theory I 2
MUSIC 106 Foundations of Music 3 0
Electives or Core Curriculum 9
 Credits15
Spring
Select one of the following in music performance: 1 1
Fundamentals of Piano:
Lessons in Piano
MUSPERF 2XX
Principal Instrument
MUSPERF 5XXPerformance Master Class 2 1
MUSIC XXXPerformance Ensemble 1
MUSIC 124 Aural Theory II 1
MUSIC 128 Materials of Theory II 3
MUSIC 107 Music Convocation 3 0
Electives or Core Curriculum 8
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following in music performance: 1 1
Fundamentals of Piano:
Lessons in Piano
MUSPERF 2XX
Principal Instrument
MUSPERF 5XXPerformance Master Class 2 1
MUSIC XXXPerformance Ensemble 1
MUSIC 225 Materials of Theory III 4 3
MUSIC 226 Aural Theory III 1
MUSIC 211 General History of Western Music I 3
MUSIC 107 Music Convocation 0
Electives or Core Curriculum 5
 Credits15
Spring
MUSPERF 2XXPrincipal Instrument 1
MUSPERF 5XXPerformance Master Class 2 1
MUSIC XXXPerformance Ensemble 1
MUSIC 230 Form Analysis 3
MUSIC 212 General History of Western Music II 3
Electives or Core Curriculum 6
MUSIC 107 Music Convocation 0
 Credits15
Year 3
Fall
MUSPERF 2XXPrincipal Instrument 1
MUSPERF 5XXPerformance Master Class 2 1
MUSIC XXXPerformance Ensemble 1
MUSIC 307 General History of Western Music III 3
Select one Music History or Music Theory elective in either Junior or Senior year (see list below) 3
MUSIC 107 Music Convocation 3 0
Electives or Core Curriculum 6
 Credits15
Spring
MUSPERF 2XXPrincipal Instrument 1
MUSPERF 5XXPerformance Master Class 2 1
MUSIC XXXPerformance Ensemble 1
Select one Music History or Music Theory elective in either Junior or Senior year (see list below) 3
Electives or Core Curriculum 9
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
MUSPERF 5XXPerformance Master Class 2 1
MUSIC XXXPerformance Ensemble 1
MUSIC 310 Introduction to World Musics 5 3
Electives or Core Curriculum 10
 Credits15
Spring
MUSPERF 2XXPrincipal Instrument 1
MUSPERF 5XXPerformance Master Class 2 1
MUSIC XXXPerformance Ensemble 1
Electives or Core Curriculum 12
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
1

Music Performance Courses. 8 cr can be satisfied by six semesters in a single Principal Instrument study at the 200 level and two semesters of Piano at the 100 level. Additional semesters of Principal Instrument study may be taken as Music electives.

2

Performance Master Class. 6-8 cr Students enrolled in Music Performance lessons at the 200 level or above must enroll in the appropriate Performance Master Class. Music Education Majors are not required to take Performance Master Class, but may enroll in Performance Master Class as Music electives.

3

MUSIC 106 and MUSIC 107 credit does not count toward overall degree total. A one-credit fee will be assessed by the University if course load is less than 12 or greater than 18 credits.

4

MUSIC 225 will serve a successful completion for the University QL-B requirement.

5

MUSIC 310 will serve as successful completion for the University OWC-B requirement.

Music History or Music Theory Electives

MUSIC 102American Popular Music3
MUSIC 308Selected Topics in Music History and Literature: (subtitle)3
MUSIC 311Music of the Baroque Era3
MUSIC 312Music of the Classic Era3
MUSIC 313Music of the Romantic Era3
MUSIC 314Music since 19003
MUSIC 220Introduction to Computers and Music3
MUSIC 321Counterpoint3
MUSIC 323Instrumental and Choral Orchestration3
MUSIC 327Studio Techniques3
MUSIC 328Interactive Electronic Music3
MUSIC 680Special Studies in Music: (Variable Topic)1-3
MUSIC 107Music Convocation0

Degree Requirements

All Music curricula for the BFA require 125-130 credits, distributed as follows: music courses as specified in each curriculum: 75-80 credits; core curriculum: 45 credits; general electives: 0-9 credits. The BA in Music requires 120 credits, distributed as follows: music courses, 48 credits; core curriculum, 45 credits; general electives, 27 credits.

Performance Ensemble Requirement

All Music majors are required to participate in performing organizations during the course of their study. All Performance and Music Education majors must be registered in an approved major performing organization concurrent with each semester of private study. The director of bands, the director of choral activities, and the director of orchestras make ensemble assignments at the beginning of each semester. Only one approved ensemble credit per semester can apply toward degree requirements. For the purpose of fulfilling the Performance Ensemble requirement, the Department of Music recognizes the following approved major performing Ensembles: University Advanced Women’s Choir, Concert Chorale, Women’s Chorus, University Men’s Chorus, University Band, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, and University Community Orchestra. (Other performance ensembles may be approved in certain degree programs; see individual degree programs below for specific requirements in each area.)

Performance Ensemble Requirement for Transfer Students

Credits from an accredited college/university for performing organizations may be granted as follows:

  • All transfer students to UWM, regardless of entry level, must take at least two semesters of an approved major performing organization. The performing organization must conform to the individual degree requirements: instrumentalists take band or orchestra, vocalists take choral ensembles;
  • Entering sophomores with 30 or more earned credits may only transfer up to two completed semesters of an approved performing organization from another university; and
  • Entering juniors with 60 or more earned credits may only transfer up to four completed semesters of an approved performing organization from another university.

Recital Attendance and Music Convocation Requirements

All Music majors must attend weekly Music Convocation meetings for a minimum of five semesters. All students entering the Music Department as freshmen are required to take one semester of MUSIC 106 during their freshman year.

All Music majors, excluding transfer students and second degree candidates, must earn 80 recital attendance credits for graduation. This requirement may be met by attending:

  • Campus recitals (one attendance credit per recital),
  • Weekly departmental Music Convocation (five attendance credits per semester), and
  • Off-campus recitals (one attendance credit per recital to a maximum of three per semester).

Transfer students and second degree candidates must earn 10 recital credits (including weekly Music Convocation) for each semester on the UWM campus, to a total of 80, or until the completion of the degree.

Music Performance Course Enrollment Requirements

The study of music performance in private lessons, master classes, and seminars is governed by four special conditions:

  • Performance courses (lessons) cannot be dropped after the second week of each semester;
  • Eligibility for undergraduate Music major private lessons requires a minimum of 4 credits in Music Department courses. Only one ensemble credit can be applied to the 4-credit minimum;
  • All Music majors are required to enroll in an approved ensemble concurrent with each semester of Performance lessons; and
  • Students enrolled in Music Performance lessons at the 200 level or above must enroll in the appropriate Performance Master Class. Music Education Majors are not required to take Performance Master Class, but may enroll in Performance Master Class as music electives.

Music Theory and History Requirements

The Music Theory core comprises a three-semester sequence of Materials of Theory concurrently with three semesters of Aural Theory. This is followed by a semester of Form Analysis. The Music History core comprises a three-semester sequence of the General History of Western Music. Additional Music Theory and Music History courses are required in all Music degree programs. See individual programs for details.

Laptop Requirement

Music students in all areas will be encouraged to have a laptop computer during their course of study in the department. Students in the BFA Music Composition and Technology program will be required to have a laptop computer once they are admitted. Please see requirements posted on the PSOA Laptop Requirement web page: uwm.edu/arts/apply/laptop/.

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Hours: M–Th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Fri. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (closed on university holidays)
Contact: 414-229-4763 | Contact Form 

Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. At the Peck School of the Arts, we offer professional advising in the undergraduate disciplines of art, dance, film, music and theatre.

Our advisors provide students with individualized appointments to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, college success strategies, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, and more.

For more information please visit the Peck School of the Arts advising and student services page

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a GPA of 3.500 or greater in the major and the academic department's recommendation.

High Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or greater and the academic department's recommendation.

Departmental Honors are granted to students recommended by their academic department for Honors excellence in performance not reflected in the GPA.

Dean's Honors are granted to students with major achievements in one or more of the arts.

Honors in the Peck School of the Arts

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.